Nine sports disciplines including football have been dropped from Ghana’s team for the 12th edition of the African Games (AG) scheduled for Rabat, Morocco from August 19-31.
This came to light in an interview with the Head of the Technical Sub-Committee of the International Games and Competitions Committee (IGCC) of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Dr. Emmanuel Owusu Ansah.
The IGCC is responsible for Ghana’s preparations and participation in international games.
Dr. Owusu-Ansah said the decision to drop the numbers followed experience from previous participation in similar games, notably the previous African Games and Commonwealth Games where Ghana sent huge numbers but had nothing to show for it.
In ensuring the Committee gets value for money, the Committee targeted team sports that had football being represented by the national U-20 male team; the Black Satellites and the male and female hockey teams.
The axe also fell heavily on swimming, cycling, shooting, triathlon, fencing and canoe/kayak and badminton.
According to Dr. Owusu Ansah, the Committee aims at sending a contingent size of 50 athletes to be selected across athletics, table tennis, beach volleyball, weightlifting, judo, taekwondo and boxing which is expected to have the biggest number of athletes.